Heli in her post about the Networked Learning Conference writes about being lazy but I don’t think she compares with how lazy I have been with regard to writing to this blog. Actually, I don’t think it’s been laziness – it’s been an active resistance to blogging.
Mike Bogle in a recent blog post with the title Losing My Edge writes about struggling to find his voice and feeling alienated and removed from his networks. I can really sympathise with this. I think Debra Ferreday and Vivien Hodgson ‘hit the nail on the head’ with their paper ‘The Tyranny of Participation and Collaboration in Networked Learning’ Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Networked Learning.
However, two things have prompted this post.
1. Next week I will start tutoring again on an online course about Reflective Learning – which has raised again for me the whole issue of the role of reflective journals (which equates to one style of blogging) in reflective learning . If I find it difficult myself to keep up with reflective writing, then what does this say to my students/course participants? That’s a practical issue, but there is also the deeper issue of how reflective learning, reflective practice and reflective writing relate to each other.
2. In just over a week’s time I will be presenting (with Roy Williams) two papers at the Networked Learning Conference 2010 in Denmark – The two papers we (Roy Williams, SuiFai John Mak and me) wrote following the CCK08 course were both accepted
- The Ideals and reality of Participating in a MOOC
- Blogs and Forums as Communication and Learning Tools in a MOOC
Unfortunately John can’t make it from Australia for the conference, so I still haven’t met him, despite working with him all this time on the research (which we did via a wiki), but Roy will be there and maybe we will meet up with some CCK08 people. That would be great!
This will be the first conference I have ever presented at, so I’m hoping it will be OK. The whole process has been interesting and raised lots of questions for me about the way we go about research – but that’s another story – to save for another day!
Thanks to Heli for her prompt!